Children who started primary school this year will complete their secondary education in 2032. In 2032, the United Nations estimates there will be an extra one billion people living on a planet that is 1.5°C warmer. 

Future generations will have the tremendous responsibility of protecting our planet from a catastrophic decline in wildlife from which our ecosystem may never recover. There will be significant implications for wildlife, habitats and people alike.

Our Education team is committed to fostering a love for the natural world, increasing awareness of the threats and challenges facing wildlife and empowering young people to make sustainable choices. With this in mind, Born Free is launching its Great Debate in schools throughout the UK in September 2019. 

The aim of the debate is to provide teachers with the tools to engage their students in meaningful debates about key wildlife or environmental topics that will affect their future. Students will not only gain knowledge about the debate topic, but also skills that will help them to research, frame and deliver an argument while reducing their impact on biodiversity and the environment.


TOPIC 1 (2019/20)

Plastic: Whose responsibility?

Ensuring the sustainable utilisation of resources is a key step that individuals can take to reduce our collective impact on the environment, including the use of and disposal of plastic. Plastics in the environment impact environmental, wildlife and human health, with a possible 400-year legacy. However, who is responsible for their ubiquitous use and poor disposal? If we are to change the world, who needs to lead the charge?


For teachers wishing to join the Great Debate, please register your interest.


For a summary of learning objectives and curriculum links, please click below. 



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